The City Council Monday night will take up the Ordinance Committee report “re: Resolution for the City Attorney to draft language to amend Municipal Code Ordinance, Chapter 2.36 – Officers’ Salaries, Section 2.36.010 – Officers’ and Unaffiliated Employee Salaries.”
The issue centers on some council members pushing back on the salary structure of mayoral appointees tied to the City Supervisors Union. Each year the council approves a pay grid that extends the mayor authority to set the compensation of discretionary appointees within a salary range.
See background from minutes of Nov. 5 Ordinance Committee meeting below:
146-19 Proposed resolution for the City Attorney to draft language to amend Municipal
Code Ordinance, Chapter 2.36 – Officers’ Salaries, Section 2.36.010 – Officers’ and
Unaffiliated Employee Salaries.
** COUNCIL MEMBER NEWTON MOVED THE ITEM.
** COUNCIL MEMBER LYONS SECONDED.
Council Member Newton said that he brought this to the Board because he felt the original proposal was not a good idea. There are staff who are in unions and have worked for the City for 10 or 15 years. The Mayor’s appointed staff make much more than the regular staff. He asked why the appointed staff should get raises.
Council Member Pereira said that the “therefore” clause was a request to remove a line in the ordinance. She said that while she agrees with Council Member Newton, there were 17 employees that were unaffiliated and their salaries were linked to the Supervisor’s Union and they made less than $60,000. Discussion followed.
Council Member Newton said that if the Mayor felt that his appointed staff needed a raise, it was brought before the Council, who made the determination. The Council should review this issue.
Council Member Brantley said that she would like to be added on as a co-sponsor to the resolution.
** COUNCIL MEMBER BRANTLEY MOVED TO AMEND THE ITEM TO INCLUDE HERSELF AS A CO-SPONSOR.
** COUNCIL MEMBER LYONS SECONDED.
** THE MOTION PASSED UNANIMOUSLY.
Council Member Lyons said that this issue had been frequently discussed. She said that she would be adding her name as a co-sponsor when it come to the Council floor. She thanked Council Member Newton for bringing this up because previously, she had not gotten any support or answers.
Council Member Cruz asked if this had to do with a lame duck administration. Council Member Newton said that it did not.
Council Member Cruz said that he was in support of this. The Mayor’s staff receive outrageous raises and it is unfair to the staff who has been there for years. The Council needs to look at this.
Council Member Pereira said that the people who would be at the table for the negotiation for the salaries would directly benefit from the Supervisors’ Contract.
Council Member Newton reiterated that the Mayor had allowed department heads to be part of the unions. He said that they should meet with the City about the Mayor’s appointed staff.
** THE MOTION TO APPROVE AGENDA ITEM 146-19 PROPOSED RESOLUTION FOR THE CITY ATTORNEY TO DRAFT LANGUAGE TO AMEND MUNICIPAL CODE ORDINANCE, CHAPTER 2.36 – OFFICERS’ SALARIES, SECTION 2.36.010 – OFFICERS’ AND UNAFFILIATED EMPLOYEE SALARIES AS AMENDED PASSED UNANIMOUSLY.
Monday’s 7 p.m. meeting will be conducted by teleconference. The public may listen into this meeting by calling the following conference line and then entering the conference code:
Dial-In Number: (929) 436-2866
Meeting ID: 381 083 245
Full council agenda here.